#WestCork’s @HollyCairnsTD of @SocDems slams “shameful treatment” of survivors of Mother & Baby Homes

#WestCork’s @HollyCairnsTD of @SocDems slams “shameful treatment” of survivors of Mother & Baby Homes

27 February 2021 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Speaking today, at the final day of the Social Democrats’ online National Conference, Holly Cairns TD slammed the Government for its shameful treatment of survivors of Mother and Baby Homes. Following a conversation with guest speaker Dr Maeve O’Rourke, lecturer in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for […]

Government must provide supports for fishing communities impacted by Brexit – Holly Cairns TD

Government must provide supports for fishing communities impacted by Brexit – Holly Cairns TD

23 January 2021 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Cork South-West TD Holly Cairns has called on the Government to put crucial supports in place for the coastal and island fishing communities that have been impacted by Brexit. Holly, who is the party’s spokesperson for the Marine, said: “We are all aware of the considerable concerns of […]

Apology to survivors of Mother and Baby Homes is long overdue – says Cork only female TD

Apology to survivors of Mother and Baby Homes is long overdue – says Cork only female TD

13 January 2021 By Mary Bermingham mary@TheCork.ie Reacting to the Taoiseach’s apology to survivors of Mother and Baby Homes today, Social Democrats TD for Cork South-West, Holly Cairns, commented: “This apology is long overdue and comes after decades of silence, decades of shame, decades of misogynistic control and abuse perpetrated and facilitated by State and […]

State must remove all barriers for people with disabilities – Holly Cairns TD

State must remove all barriers for people with disabilities – Holly Cairns TD

3 December 2020 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie Speaking on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Social Democrats TD Holly Cairns said it is important for the State to recognise the challenges, achievements and realities of being a person with a disability in Ireland. Holly, who is the Social Democrats spokesperson for Disability Issues, said: “This […]

Further scrutiny of meat processing plants is warranted

Further scrutiny of meat processing plants is warranted

11 October 2020 BY Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Holly Cairns (Cork South West TD), Social Democrats spokesperson for Agriculture, has welcomed the Special Covid Committee’s recommendation that other Dáil committees should examine serious ongoing issues in meat plants. Holly said: “I have been calling for a taskforce to examine conditions for workers in this sector for […]

West Cork TD seeks better supports for student renters

West Cork TD seeks better supports for student renters

27 August 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Holly Cairns (Cork South West TD), who is the Social Democrats spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, has called for measures to support students seeking accommodation who have less protections than other renters. Holly said: “Students and their families are facing an incredibly hard year with uncertainty about […]

Meat plants should be forced to close in event of new Covid-19 clusters – Holly Cairns TD

Meat plants should be forced to close in event of new Covid-19 clusters – Holly Cairns TD

13 August 2020 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie Holly Cairns (Cork South West TD), Social Democrats spokesperson on Agriculture, has criticised the lack of commitment from the meat processing industry to immediately close individual plants in the event of further outbreaks of Covid-19. Holly said: “At today’s Special Covid-19 Committee hearing, I asked representatives of the […]

Former Cork Social Democrats candidate joins board of EmployAbility West Cork

Former Cork Social Democrats candidate joins board of EmployAbility West Cork

6 June 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie This week, Clonakilty woman, Evie Nevin, has accepted an invitation to sit on EmployAbility’s West Cork board. Evie ran in last year’s local elections for the Social Democrats and later was elected to the National Executive as Vice Chairperson of her party. EmployAbility founded in 2001, is a […]

FARMING: Minister for Agriculture must tackle power of beef processing industry during COVID-19

FARMING: Minister for Agriculture must tackle power of beef processing industry during COVID-19

25 May 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie West Cork TD, Holly Cairns, Social Democrats spokesperson on Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, expressed deep concern at the clusters of COVID-19 in Irish meat processing plants and has called on the Minister to tackle the power of the beef processing industry. Deputy Cairns believe there is a […]

Killing of Buzzards in West Cork highlights need for ‘Wildlife Crime Unit’

Killing of Buzzards in West Cork highlights need for ‘Wildlife Crime Unit’

14 May 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie 22 buzzards were poisoned in West Cork in late 2019, a fact which has only just come to light Social Democrats TD and Spokesperson on Climate and Biodiversity, Jennifer Whitmore, has backed calls by Birdwatch Ireland and other environmental groups for the establishment of a Wildlife Crime Unit […]